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Lovely Birds, Autumn Leaves and Wildflowers

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I love birds and it is blessing to have  diverse migrating, nesting, wintering and breeding species in Hot Springs National Park.  One species elusive to being captured by my lens had been the tiny (tiny like a hummingbird) Kinglet.  It was a joy not only to see one but two types on a single hike.  Sheltered in the autumn leaves I spotted a Golden-Crowned Kinglet and a few feet further a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet on the Upper Dogwood Trail.

I have often read about Downy Woodpeckers using their tail feathers for balance.  Usually seeing them on the side of  big trees I have not always had a clear view of the mechanics of their tail alignment.  It was wonderful to see a Downy Woodpecker looking for breakfast on the smaller branches of the Tree above me.  His lovely tail acrobatics in full view in the diminishing autumn leaves revealed what I had up till now only see in photographs taken by others.

Above the vibrant canopy of red, orange and gold was in spectacular contrast against a perfect Hot Springs blue sky.  Below on the edges of the trails Wildflowers of purple, pink and blue create a decorative border of vibrant color.  As always it has been a perfect morning in the autumn Forest.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 

 


Autumn Leaves Below a Vibrant Blue Sky

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Autumn Leaves below a vibrant blue sky fall softly to the Forest floor.  Wildflowers push through the colorful Leaf tapestry for the beautiful insects collecting the golden pollen.  It is a lovely time to traverse the the mountains of Hot Springs National Park.

Love to ALL!
Lee


A Graceful Transition Of Color and Light

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A graceful transition of color and light touches each trail within our Forest in Hot Springs National Park.  A tiny Prairie Lizard warms itself on a Rock below the changing autumn Leaves, further up North Mountain a Monarch Butterfly tastes the nectar of a purple Aster.  A familiar family of deer  crosses our path as we near the end of our journey.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Leaves are changing as Autumn Wildflowers are Blooming

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Hikers Rejoice!!!! Temperatures are falling and Leaves are changing as autumn Wildflowers are blooming.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Delicate Hues Paint Leaves, Fungus and Wildflowers

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Autumn has arrived painting the Forest with color changing leaves, wildflowers and Fungus.  A Whitetail Doe watches from a slowing fading camouflage of greenery.  The rich green of summer has begun to give way to red, orange and gold.

Love to ALL!
Lee

 


Tiny Woodpeckers Beneath the Late Summer Leaves

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“Time stills beneath the canopy of leaves cradled in Natures song.” ~ Lee Hiller

Love to ALL!
Lee


Wildflowers and Whitetail Deer

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The trails in Hot Springs National Park are decorated in purple and gold with the arrival of late summer Wildflowers.  Glorious Aster and Goldenrod reach up from a Forest floor covered in dried Leaves from years past.  Humidity blankets the valley casting glimmering blue light across the Zig Zag and Ouachita Mountains.

A Whitetail Doe takes care to shield her fawns from passing hikers.  She kindly steps out from the brush when we are alone and allows me to capture her beauty.  Her summer coat is shedding to make way for the new growth she will need for the upcoming colder weather.  It is a joy to have seen her as a young adult, pregnant and now a Mother.

Love to ALL!
Lee


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